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Reflexology

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Reviewed/Revised Dec 2023
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Reflexology is related to massage therapy Massage Therapy In massage therapy (a manipulative and body-based practice), body tissues are manipulated to reduce pain, relieve muscle tension, and reduce stress. Massage therapy involves a variety of light-touch... read more . Reflexology relies on manual pressure applied to specific areas of the palm, foot, or ear. These areas are believed to correspond to different organs or body systems. Stimulation of these areas is believed to eliminate the blockage of energy responsible for pain or symptoms in the corresponding body part.

The effectiveness of reflexology has not been shown in high quality studies. Low-quality evidence shows that reflexology is effective for pain management in palliative medicine (for relief of symptoms and stress in people who are seriously ill).

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